Top 5 tips for choosing a distance learning course

Posted by Bayes Business School on 25-Jul-2019 10:00:00

With so many courses being offered through distance learning in today’s globalised world, it can be difficult to sift your way through to find the one that’s right for you.

Most distance learning courses available allow you the freedom and flexibility to study online alongside your full-time job and other commitments, but there are other attributes you need to factor in when choosing a distance learning course.

So how do you choose the distance learning course that’s right for you? Here are our top 5 tips:

1. Choose a course that motivates you

One of the most important questions you need to consider when choosing a distance learning course is: “Is this something I feel motivated to learn?”. With the increasing popularity of distance learning, there’s a huge variety of distance learning courses available, covering a wide range of disciplines and subject areas.

While your past learnings and experience might satisfy the entry requirements for multiple courses, choosing a course that highly motivates you to learn will give you a much better chance at success, and a much more rewarding learning experience. Keep in mind that your studies are both a financial and time investment from your part. So it’s important to consider: “Is this a course that I’d be motivated to complete?”, and: “Is this a course I feel will be worth my time and money?”.

2. Choose a course that gives you easy accessibility

Accessibility is a crucial factor to consider when you’re studying through distance learning. One of the greatest benefits of distance learning is undoubtedly the fact that you don’t need to rely on accessing a physical classroom to learn. All your learning tools and resources are available online at your convenience – when and where it suits you.

But no two institutions are necessarily the same when it comes to the techniques and technologies they use to deliver their distance learning courses. Choosing one that offers a reliable, easy to access and use online learning platform will make your learning experience all the more rewarding. PCMag recently rated Moodle as one of its top choices for Best (LMS) Learning Management Systems.

3. Choose a course that gives you the flexibility you’re after

If you’re looking to study through distance learning, you’re most likely doing so to gain the freedom to study flexibly – when and where it suits you. But while most distance learning courses offer some degree of flexibility, it’s important to choose a course that offers the right kind of flexibility for you. Distance learning courses are available either in a blended or 100% online format.

With blended courses, you’ll typically find a mix of both online components and practical components that you’ll need to attend a physical location to complete. Blended courses can be a good choice if you’re working part-time and live close to your chosen course’s institution.

But if you’re working full-time, have family and/or other commitments, and live far from where your course is being offered, a 100% online course is your best option. With a 100% online course, there’s no need to worry about having to take time off work or to travel to your institution to study your course.

4. Find the right expertise

Finding a course that not only motivates you, but also offers the right expertise you need to successfully complete the course is essential. Having access to the specialised expertise you need to develop your knowledge and skills in your area of interest will ensure you’ve made the right investment in your studies and your career.

To find the right expertise, it’s important to do your research. If you’re looking to study a business degree, for example, it’s a good idea to find a business school that offers a Triple Crown accreditation – a prestigious combination of accreditations held by less than 1% of business schools globally.

5. Choose a course that gives you access to the right support networks

When you’re studying through distance learning, having easy access to the right support networks when and where you need it is crucial. Distance learning can be an isolating and stressful experience if you don’t have access to the support you need – whether it’s support from your tutors or from your fellow classmates.

Be sure to check that the distance learning course you’re interested in offers easily-accessible ways for you to connect and interact online with your tutors and peers. Whether it’s through emails, social media channels or discussion boards, having access to the support of your tutors and peers – whenever and wherever you need it – will help you to not only succeed in your studies, but also to expand your global professional network.

Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) offers a 100% online MSc in Global Finance that can expand your global finance expertise, career opportunities and professional network. The course – offered by a Triple Crown-accredited business school – is delivered online using Moodle.

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